Premier League 2018-19: 5 managers who could replace Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea
Maurizio Sarri is a man under duress. Having been announced as Chelsea manager in July of last year to replace the controversial Antonio Conte, the 60-year-old's arrival was greeted with joy by many, as they saw it as an opportunity for the club to finally play the attractive football it sought, while others were more sceptical owing to his dearth of trophies as a manager.
It all started so well for Maurizio Sarri, with the Italian going his first four months in charge without tasting defeat, guiding the club to an unbeaten run in 16 matches in all competitions before falling to a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley in late November.
Since then, The Blues have looked out of sorts and are struggling badly for form at the moment, with them having won just two of their six Premier League matches since the turn of the year.
When 'Sarriball' was in full flow, The Blues manager was hailed as a tactical genius, but with results having turned against him, he is now hanging on for dear life as feelers indicate his job is on the line, with the notoriously trigger happy Roman Abramovic having lost patience with him.
As expected, the rumour mills have already been swirling with potential managers who could occupy the Stamford Bridge dugout next. In this piece, we shall take a look at five managers who could replace Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.
#5 Laurent Blanc
The 52-year-old former French international is one manager who fits the bill as a potential replacement for Sarri as Chelsea coach.
Blanc had a distinguished playing career, representing some of the biggest clubs in the world including Inter Milan, Barcelona and Manchester United, winning a plethora of titles during his playing days.
He was also a seasoned international, making 97 appearances for the French national team and won the biggest trophy in football in 1998: the World Cup. In addition to that, he also won a European Championship two years later, so the notoriously inflated egos in the Chelsea dressing room can identify with him as a former superstar.
His coaching CV is also pretty impressive, as after cutting his teeth at Bordeaux and leading the modest club to a surprise Ligue 1 triumph in 2008, he moved on to PSG in 2013, where the club's dominance of French football truly started.
Under his guidance, the Parisian club won 11 of the 12 domestic trophies available, including three consecutive Ligue 1 titles, with their only domestic failure coming in the 2013/2014 Coupe de France, which was won by Guingamp.
His spell at PSG brought him in contact with some of the biggest names in football, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and Thiago Silva, so he wouldn't be out of place managing the superstars at Chelsea.
He has been out of management since parting company with PSG in 2016, but an offer to coach one of the biggest clubs in England and test himself on the big stages once more would undoubtedly tempt the Ales born former defender out of his golf playing vacation.